Natural Alternatives to Pain Management

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Pain is an unfortunate part of life. There are many reasons why you may experience pain and the results can be short term or lifelong. The medical professional will prescribe a variety of pain killing drugs to assist in controlling the pain but this is not necessarily the best solution. Prescription medicine can be addictive and can lead to unpleasant side effects. There is an increasing trend for people to move from the traditional pain relief and into alternative methods of pain management. The following are all viable alternatives; regardless of where the source of the pain is:

Massage

Massage is an extremely effective way of relieving back pain, neck pain, tension headaches or even post surgery discomfort. A well-performed massage will feel pleasurable as it triggers your body to release endorphins and serotonin; two hormones which naturally help with pain relief and help to regulate your mood.

Acupuncture

This therapy has its roots in Chinese culture and has been used successfully for over 2,000 years. Therapists are carefully trained to ensure they know exactly where to place needles into your skin. The needles are as thin as a human hair and are placed on key pressure points throughout the body.

Aromatherapy

This is also an incredibly old system of pain management. Its roots can be traced to Ancient Egypt and even the Romans were known to utilise this method of pain relief. Different scents are released into the air or applied directly to the skin depending upon which condition is being treated. Modern research has shown it is effective in decreasing pain for a wide variety of conditions.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a modern approach to pain relief. It utilises sensors on the body in an attempt to teach someone who to control some of the body’s functions. These are functions, such as heart rate, which are normally involuntary. You should then be able to adjust your own functions in response to pain.

Chiropractic

This area of alternative medicine is becoming more main stream. It deals primarily with back pain and the alignment of the back. The spine is manipulated and returned to the correct position; this should promote self healing and better posture for the future.

Hypnotherapy

Most people will have heard of this technique; although not necessarily in association with pain relief. The principle behind it is to relax you enough that you enter a different state of awareness. This should allow you to gain a control over your body and reduce your symptoms of pain.

Relaxation Therapy

Stress is one of the biggest health issues on the planet today. High levels of it can contribute to a huge variety of diseases, including coronary issues. Many people find it difficult to relax properly and these techniques are designed to ensure you make time to relax. This will lower the stress levels in your body and will, as a side effect, reduce the level of pain you are in.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

This therapy is used to adjust the way you view your aches and pains. Treatment is completed via a number of sessions; each one involves talking to a trained therapist who will guide you into viewing your life and body differently. A change in your lifestyle and your focus will reduce the stress on your body and has been shown to be effective in reducing pain. It is also a good way of learning how to deal with a re-occurrence of pain.

Yoga or Tai Chi

These ancient forms of meditation and exercise focus on making slow movements which centre the body, improve flexibility and muscle strength. They also help you to learn how to relax and shut the stresses of the modern world out. Research confirms that these methods are effective at reducing pain although the reasons why are not yet fully understood.